Stylish and sporty, the Q5 is one of the better choices among compact luxury SUVs. The Q5 feels solid, is rewarding to drive and has a plush, quiet cabin. The Q5 delivers fun to drive handling and inspires confidence. The ride initially feels firm, but proves absorbent when needed and steady when cruising.
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There are 5 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2011 Audi Q5 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"There was carbon build up one the intakes that required cleaning under the manufacturers' extended warranty"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Audi Q5 3.2 3.2-L V6)

"Cylinders are out of round and Audi knows it. Excessive oil use, recurrent misfire problems. Fixes are only temporary"

David L., IN (2011 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Faulty Rings. Recall"

Bruce J., OR (2011 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Engine burned oil at an unacceptable rate and Audi replaced the pistons, which corrected the problem. I was not charged"

Anonymous, KY (2011 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The engine had carbon build up - a common issue with direct injection engines. Had to pull the manifold and clean the valves. In doing so the dealer messed up the radar used for adapative cruise control and that had to be replaced"

Reginald S., CO (2011 Audi Q5 3.2 3.2-L V6)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"needed replacement because of scoring on the cylinder walls cause by spark plug disintegration from excessive oil consumption"

D S., MB (2011 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Had one of the 2.0 engines with the oil consumption issue. Because the car didn't develop the issue till just after the 80K mile mark I had to pay out of pocket for the piston/ring replacement out of pocket"

Anonymous, MA (2011 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"New heads rings and cylinders"

Glen C., NB (2011 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Excessive oil consumption. Removed engine and replaced all pistons. Replace timing chain as engine was already removed"

Anonymous, CO (2011 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Oil Consumption Problem"

John M., CT (2011 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Excessive oil consumption"

Michael S., CO (2011 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Car had high oil consumption. Required replacement of all pistons and rings. No charge!"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"It burned a quart of oil every 2000 miles from the day we first owned it. We complained several times and they told us that was normal. Just this year we received information that they settled a class action suit and bring it in for repair, So the"

Anonymous, IN (2011 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"At 40000 miles the timing belt was replaced"

Anonymous, MI (2011 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Turbo or supercharger

"Turbo developed intermittent low boost issue and had it replaced at the same time as the piston/ring replacement. This way I only had to pay for the part and not the labor"

Anonymous, MA (2011 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

"had to change all 6 fuel injectors"

Fred C., ON (2011 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Car would not accelerate normally making it dangerous especially like entering a freeway"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Audi Q5 3.2 3.2-L V6)

"needed cleaning under warranty"

Robert E., OH (2011 Audi Q5 3.2 3.2-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Same sensor has been replaced twice within a year period"

Anonymous, OH (2011 Audi Q5 3.2 3.2-L V6)

"Had to take vehicle back multiple times before figured out what actually problem was a sensor"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Audi Q5 3.2 3.2-L V6)

"needed replacement"

Robert E., OH (2011 Audi Q5 3.2 3.2-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"Soon after starting the engine, the engine would go into "limp mode" whereby only 2 or 3 cylinders would fire"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Audi Q5 3.2 3.2-L V6)

"It was actually an emissions sensor that failed and had to be replaced. The problem was evidenced by a warning light from the engine computer"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Audi Q5 3.2 3.2-L V6)
Engine mounts

"They were leaking and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Engine mounts failure replacement cost $1000"

Anonymous, LA (2011 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"excessive fuel consumption had it fixed did not work, then extensive work done which resolved it"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Headlights

"Headlight aiming"

Frederick C., DC (2011 Audi Q5 3.2 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Heated or cooled seats

"Heated seat on driver side stopped working"

Anonymous, AB (2011 Audi Q5 3.2 3.2-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

"wipers are intermittent. The adjustable wiper switch does not work all of the time. The washer does not wash"

Adam W., VA (2011 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The spray does not hit the windshield, despite adjustment by dealer Rear washer quit working"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Audi Q5 3.2 3.2-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

"Vehicle was serviced 4 times and problem still exists. Squeak and rattles are associated with the roof"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Rattle related to sun roof"

Anonymous, GA (2011 Audi Q5 3.2 3.2-L V6)

"Noise coming from the sun roof"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"Ac compressor failed and was replaced"

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Blower (fan) motor

"The Fan Broke at 30000 but was covered by warranty"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Audi Q5 3.2 3.2-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Shocks or struts

"Leaking shock"

Barry M., MB (2011 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wheel bearings

"Right Front wheel bearings required replacement"

Anonymous, AB (2011 Audi Q5 3.2 3.2-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Thermostat

"Had to replaceall 6 fuel injectors and the thermostat"

Fred C., ON (2011 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Antifreeze leaks

"ongoing since engine rebuild"

John M., CT (2011 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

"Video fails. Started on an intermittent basis, now not working at all"

Doug M., AB (2011 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"The GPS has trouble finding where I am. It always thinks I am about half a mile away from where I actually am. This is my second Audi with the same problem"

Osmond S., IL (2011 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

"Audi builds in a metal braking system that literally shreds the brake pads and requires frequent costly replacements"

Anonymous, GA (2011 Audi Q5 3.2 3.2-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Spark plugs or wires failure

"ignition coil failed"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

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Recalls
PROVIDED BY
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:DELIVERY:FUEL PUMP
Nov 19 2018
The butyl tape may not prevent fuel from leaking. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source can increase the risk of a fire.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2007-2012 Audi Q7 and 2009-2012 Audi Q5 vehicles, previously repaired under NHTSA recall 16V-660. These vehicles were previously repaired with an interim repair of installing butyl tape to the fuel pump flange, until replacement remedy parts became available.
What should you do:
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel pump flange and install butyl tape, free of charge. The recall began December 28, 2018. Owners may contact Audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 20BJ.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V818000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 5987
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:DRIVER SIDE INFLATOR MODULE
Jan 30 2018
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, the inflator could explode with metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants potentially resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2006-2013 Audi A3, 2007-2009 A4 Cabriolet and S4 Cabriolet, 2008 RS4 Cabriolet, 2009-2012 Q5, and 2010-2012 Audi A5 Cabriolet and S5 Cabriolet vehicles. Upon deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to explode.
What should you do:
Audi will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver's frontal air bag inflator with an alternative inflator, free of charge. The recall began February 23, 2018. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-253-2834. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 69R6. Note: This recall partially supersedes recall 16V-078.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V082000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 162782
VISIBILITY:SUN ROOF ASSEMBLY
Jan 03 2017
An inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2011-2017 Audi Q5 vehicles. The sunroof drainage system may allow water to soak into the foam surrounding the side head air bag inflator canister resulting in the corrosion of the canister. If this happens, the corrosion can weaken the canister and the inflator could fracture without air bag deployment, propelling fragments into the passenger compartment, striking and causing serious injury to vehicle occupants.
What should you do:
Audi will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the inflator and either coat it or replace it, as necessary, after removing the surrounding foam, free of charge. The recall is expected to began March 2017. Owners may contact Audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 69P1.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 17V001000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 234057
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:DELIVERY:FUEL PUMP
Sep 13 2016
A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source increases the risk of a fire.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2009-2012 Audi Q5, and 2007-2012 Audi Q7 vehicles equipped with gasoline engines. The fuel pump flange on the affected vehicles may crack, allowing fuel to leak.
What should you do:
Audi will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the flange, replacing any flanges that are cracked. If the flange is not cracked, dealers will clean the pump flange and install a butyl rubber band to protect the pump. These repairs will be made free of charge. The recall began November 9, 2016. Owners may contact Audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 20W9.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V660000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 143214
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:DRIVER SIDE INFLATOR MODULE
Feb 10 2016
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants potentially resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2010-2014 Golf, 2007-2010 Passat sedans and wagon, 2012-2014 Passat sedan and Eos, 2009-2014 CC, 2009-2012 Audi Q5, 2010-2012 S5 Cabriolet and 2010-2012 Audi A5 Cabriolet vehicles. Upon deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture.
What should you do:
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver's frontal air bag inflators, free of charge. Volkswagen issued an interim notification to owners on April 12, 2016, and will send a second notification when parts are available. Volkswagen will notify owners again once parts are available. Volkswagen owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Audi owners may contact Audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V078000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 659493
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